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As it happened: Top 10 events of 2014

2014 has been a year of anxiety, anticipation, terror, happiness and exuberation, amongst several other emotions, ranging from the rise of Islamic State to the Scottish independence referendum announcement. Here's a look at the top 10 global events of 2014.

They said it: 2014 in quotes

2014 has been an eventful year of ups and downs, with its share of excitement, tension, anxiety and suspense; a tragicomedy of sorts. As this year draws to a close, here is a list of top 10 quotes from newsmakers around the world.

12 bizarre things that happened in 2014

Going beyond Iraq on the brink, the Hong Kong protests and the Peshawar school Taliban attack, 2014 has been witness to some of the most wackiest happenings. Here is a list of 12 strange stories from the year, one for each month!

Tsunami orphans recount journey to philanthropy

A decade after being orphaned by the Asian tsunami, British brothers Rob and Paul Forkan are successful entrepreneurs who are giving back to the Sri Lankans who helped them by building an orphanage.

Pak fails to act on Lakhvi's bail, court on vacation

Pakistan government on Tuesday again failed to file a plea challenging the bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the key planner of 2008 Mumbai attacks, on the last working day for courts ahead of a two-week winter break, citing that the judge has not released the copy of the order.

North Korea suffers internet blackout after Sony hack

Internet collapsed in North Korea Monday, two days after President Barack Obama vowed a 'proportional response' to Sony hacking. But it wasn’t clear if the US was responsible.

Tibetan burns herself to death in China: Reports

Tsepe Kyi set herself alight in the centre of a town in Aba county, known in Tibetan as Ngaba county, in southwest Sichuan province, Free Tibet and US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) said.

20 killed as Boko Haram storms another town

A bombing at a bus station in northeast Nigeria killed at least 20 people on Monday, as Boko Haram was blamed for a separate attack in the embattled region.

Australian PM Tony Abbott accused of sexism

Australian PM Tony Abbott was accused Monday of craving “a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing” after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax.

Germany plans trauma centre for IS rape victims: Minister

Overseas development minister Gerd Mueller told the Bild newspaper that the care facility in Germany could serve 100 women and girls from Syria and Iraq. Mueller said he had spoken with five young girls on a visit to Iraq who had been captured by IS and gang raped.

Belgian PM left smelling of mayo after fries attack

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was bombarded with French fries and squirted with mayonnaise on Monday by ex-Femen activists angry at the governement's austerity plans.

Stanford students design paddles to climb glass

Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls like a gecko. The "gecko gloves" use the same scientific principles employed by the sticky feet of nature's most impressive climber, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Monday.

Sony hacking: ‘Will blow up White House’

President Barack Obama is 'recklessly' spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and 'the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.'

Six pedestrians killed in Glasgow mishap

Six people were killed and others injured when a bin lorry apparently out of control ploughed into pedestrians in Glasgow, as the police declared the scene as a 'major incident' in an area that was densely populated with Christmas shoppers.

How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

Given that the fallout over an unabashedly silly movie - 'The Interview,' which Sony shelved last week - has escalated into a serious global situation, one would think comedy writers might be a wee bit skittish just now.
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